Michael Wacha’s Drive for Five

If the Cardinals are going to make it to game seven of this World Series, they’re going to need another sterling performance from rookie hurler Michael Wacha.  Wacha, who won three games as a starter and one in relief during the regular season, has amassed a 4-0 record in four starts this post-season, with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings with 28 strikeouts against eight walks and 11 hits:

Series Opp Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
NLDS g4 PIT W(1-0) 7.1 1 1 1 2 9 1 1.23
NLCS g2 LAD W(2-0) 6.2 5 0 0 1 8 0 0.64
NLCS g6 LAD W(3-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.43
WS g2 BOS W(4-0) 6.0 3 2 2 4 6 1 1.00
27.0 11 3 3 8 28 2 1.00
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Between the length of the series the Cards have been involved in (one less than the maximum for a division-winner to this point), and his status as number two starter in the Cardinals playoff rotation, Wacha has been able to make four starts in his team’s first 16 playoff games.   His start Wednesday will be his fifth.

Here are the pitchers to make at least five starts in one post-season.  Schilling and Carpenter each made two starts on three days rest, allowing them to make a record six starts:

Player Year Starts W ERA IP H BB SO
Curt Schilling 2001 6 4 1.12 48.1 25 6 56
Chris Carpenter 2011 6 4 3.25 36.0 31 11 21
Jaret Wright 1997 5 3 4.72 26.2 24 19 25
C.J. Wilson 2011 5 0 6.08 26.2 29 19 24
Jeff Weaver 2006 5 3 2.43 29.2 25 9 19
Jarrod Washburn 2002 5 1 5.02 28.2 30 10 17
Adam Wainwright 2013 5 2 2.57 35.0 31 3 34
Frank Viola 1987 5 3 4.31 31.1 31 8 25
Fernando Valenzuela 1981 5 3 2.21 40.2 29 15 26
John Tudor 1985 5 3 2.93 30.2 25 10 22
John Smoltz 1996 5 4 0.95 38.0 22 13 33
John Smoltz 1992 5 3 2.67 33.2 27 17 31
CC Sabathia 2009 5 3 1.98 36.1 28 9 32
Jerry Reuss 1981 5 2 2.21 36.2 27 9 17
Deacon Phillippe 1903 5 3 3.07 44.0 38 3 22
Andy Pettitte 2003 5 3 2.10 34.1 33 11 34
Andy Pettitte 2000 5 2 2.84 31.2 40 8 18
Andy Pettitte 2009 5 4 3.52 30.2 26 11 25
Andy Pettitte 2001 5 2 4.55 29.2 30 6 21
Andy Pettitte 1996 5 2 4.78 32.0 25 15 15
Russ Ortiz 2002 5 2 5.76 25.0 27 13 13
Jack Morris 1991 5 4 2.23 36.1 35 10 22
Dennis Martinez 1995 5 1 2.73 29.2 27 11 14
Greg Maddux 1995 5 3 2.84 38.0 35 7 19
Greg Maddux 1996 5 3 1.70 37.0 32 3 22
Tim Lincecum 2010 5 4 2.45 36.2 23 9 42
Jon Lester 2013 5 4 1.56 34.2 25 8 29
Cliff Lee 2010 5 3 2.78 35.2 27 2 47
Cliff Lee 2009 5 4 1.56 40.1 27 6 33
Scott Kazmir 2008 5 1 4.21 25.2 26 18 22
Randy Johnson 2001 5 4 1.57 40.0 25 8 46
Bruce Hurst 1986 5 3 2.13 38.0 36 7 25
Burt Hooton 1981 5 4 0.82 33.0 22 18 12
Orel Hershiser 1988 5 3 1.06 42.1 25 13 32
Orel Hershiser 1997 5 0 5.72 28.1 33 9 16
Orel Hershiser 1995 5 4 1.53 35.1 20 9 35
Cole Hamels 2008 5 4 1.80 35.0 23 9 30
Jaime Garcia 2011 5 0 4.21 25.2 27 8 21
Roger Clemens 2001 5 1 2.36 26.2 20 12 32
Roger Clemens 1986 5 1 3.97 34.0 31 13 28
Chris Carpenter 2006 5 3 2.78 32.1 28 8 23
Matt Cain 2012 5 2 3.60 30.0 27 7 20
A.J. Burnett 2009 5 1 5.27 27.1 22 16 24
Kevin Brown 1997 5 2 4.91 33.0 35 10 22
Kevin Brown 1998 5 2 1.89 38.0 22 16 45
Josh Beckett 2003 5 2 2.09 38.2 20 12 44
Kevin Appier 2002 5 0 6.23 21.2 24 12 10
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Here are the starting pitchers with the most wins in a single post-season:

Player Year W ERA IP H ER BB SO
David Wells 1998 4 2.93 30.2 24 10 5 31
Michael Wacha 2013 4 1.00 27.0 11 3 8 28
Dave Stewart 1989 4 2.25 32.0 23 8 5 23
John Smoltz 1996 4 1.20 30.0 18 4 10 23
Curt Schilling 2001 4 0.79 34.0 16 3 5 38
Andy Pettitte 2009 4 3.33 24.1 19 9 10 23
Jack Morris 1991 4 2.37 30.1 29 8 7 18
Tim Lincecum 2010 4 2.43 29.2 19 8 8 35
Jon Lester 2013 4 1.59 28.1 19 5 7 25
Cliff Lee 2009 4 1.64 33.0 22 6 3 28
Randy Johnson 2001 4 1.12 32.0 19 4 6 37
Burt Hooton 1981 4 1.00 27.0 19 3 14 11
Orel Hershiser 1995 4 0.92 29.1 17 3 6 28
Cole Hamels 2008 4 1.55 29.0 18 5 8 27
Chris Carpenter 2011 4 2.42 26.0 20 7 6 15
Josh Beckett 2007 4 1.20 30.0 19 4 2 35
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Finally, here are the pitchers, regardless of role, with the most wins in a single post-season.  Johnson won four as a starter and one in relief, so if Wacha can win his start Wednesday, he’ll become the first pure starting pitcher with five wins in a single post-season:

Player Year W ERA GS IP H BB SO
Francisco Rodriguez 2002 5 2.08 0 8.2 2 1 11
Randy Johnson 2001 5 1.08 4 33.1 19 6 38
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